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Kathleen Spahn <[log in to unmask]>
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Kathleen Spahn <[log in to unmask]>
Wed, 23 Nov 2016 17:28:30 +0000
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So true, here's a report released just this week by the Stanford History Education Group. Below is a quote that highlights the issue:

"Another assessment had middle school students look at the homepage of Slate. They were asked to identify certain bits of content as either news stories or advertisements. The students were able to identify a traditional ad -- one with a coupon code -- from a news story pretty easily. But of the 203 students surveyed, more than 80 percent believed a native ad, identified with the words "sponsored content," was a real news story.

At the high school level, one assessment tested whether students were familiar with key social media conventions, including the blue checkmark that indicates an account was verified as legitimate by Twitter and Facebook.

Students were asked to evaluate two Facebook posts announcing Donald Trump's candidacy for president. One was from the verified Fox News account and the other was from an account that looked like Fox News. Only a quarter of the students recognized and explained the significance of the blue checkmark. And over 30 percent of students argued that the fake account was more trustworthy because of some key graphic elements that it included."

Kathleen Spahn
Portland Public Library

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From: Maine Libraries Discussion List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Jeff Christiansen
Sent: Wednesday, November 23, 2016 12:15 PM
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Subject: Re: [MELIBS-L] Article about Fake news and libraries

Maybe another tactic to try is to include required coursework as a part of public (and other) on education re: discernment of fake v. real news. News v. propaganda. Bias news outlets v. objective.  A tall and difficult  order but as important as anything these days.
Jeff Christiansen,. MLISGorham ME

      From: Janet Wilson <[log in to unmask]>
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 Sent: Wednesday, November 23, 2016 11:46 AM
 Subject: Re: [MELIBS-L] Article about Fake news and libraries
Interesting article. I feel like I have experienced a lot of false and misleading "news" on both sides of the aisle. Maybe the way for our society to go with this is to start pursuing libel and slander cases in court so that people (including the mainstream media) will think twice about putting out misleading articles. (I can't believe I am saying this, since I generally feel that we are way too quick to take things to court!)


Quoting Chris Dorman <[log in to unmask]>:

> on-literacy-fake-news-election-2016
> --
> "Words are our most inexhaustible source of magic. They are potent 
> forms of enchantment, rich with the power to hurt or heal."
> - Albus Dumbledore

Janet Wilson, Director
Rangeley Public Library
P.O. Box 1150
7 Lake St.
Rangeley, ME 04970
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